Summary Of Oroonoko

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“Oroonoko” is a story of an Oroonoko an African prince who is in love with Imoinda a young woman ho is desired by the King. The two end up captured by the British and brought to Surinam as slaves during the 1640s. The story written in 1688 by Aphra Behn, tells a story of a man who goes thru pain and heartache through out his journey. Oroonoko, betrayed by the Captain of a slave ship is lured with promises of a food and alcohol to show his appreciation to his royalty and the slave trade. Once the Captain had Oroonoko lost in his drunkenness he locked him up and took him to Surinam were he was sold as a slave and would never escape. The slaves saw Oroonoko as a leader, they knew he was the African Prince and looked up to him and his courage.…show more content…
1129) Behn 's discription of Surinam as a good and holy place emphasizes the belief that Oroonoko 's story could be a sign of Christ. The setting represents a holy world, representing the idea that the Surinam was superior to any other. The vocabulary usage to describe the setting were very similar to the bible, for example, Behn uses word like “glorious”, “holy”, and “eternally”. These words are very closely related to the biblical Garden, which is a proof that the author was trying to build up and tie the setting to Christian…show more content…
Upon his arrival Oroonoko was instantly seen as a king and they soon began to follow him (Behn, p. 941). This is similar to Jesus 's and his followers who wholeheartedly followed him on his journey. Like Jesus, Oroonoko was an honorable and legitimate prince, who was betrayed and suffered so much. Oroonoko had a good heart and was understanding just like Christ, the proof of that was not only his courage to stand up of the slaves but mainly looking past Imoinda deflowering by the king. Even after knowing that the king had forcefully made Imoinda his, Oroonoko still wanted to be with her and take care of her. This was a big deal especially in this era were men where much more
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